su·​per·​fi·​ci·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌsü-pər-ˌfi-shē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce superficiality (audio) \
plural superficialities

Definition of superficiality

1 : the quality or state of being superficial
2 : something superficial

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People walk on eggshells and talk about superficialities, rather than about what is really happening in their lives. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Dreading Thanksgiving With the Family? Follow This Advice," 13 Nov. 2018 Christensen's purity of pretentious purpose is remarkably unconcerned with such things as obviousness, superficiality, and retrograde views of women (they're all portrayed as needy drags). Robert Abele,, "The only disappearance of note in 'The Vanishing of Sidney Hall' will be your interest," 1 Mar. 2018 The movie’s superficiality perhaps embodies what Bradbury was trying to say—that TV and film are stunted, two-dimensional forms of entertainment compared to the complexity, the richness, and the interrogative nature of books. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Fahrenheit 451 Tackles the Evils of Social Media," 19 May 2018 Cooper's mother's worries about her daughter's hair go beyond the superficiality of fashion and presentation. Alicia Swiz, Chicago Reader, "Brittney Cooper’s black-girl magic for grown-ass women," 20 Feb. 2018 The film also earned three Oscar nominations, for Weir, Niccol, and Harris—perhaps a surprising outcome for a movie that so baldly attacks the superficiality of its own industry. Julie Miller, HWD, "Twenty Years Later, Everything Is The Truman Show," 5 June 2018 But Boushie’s death points to an irony, hypocrisy, and superficiality of reconciliation, because the Canadian state is complicit in Boushie’s death. Lindsay Nixon, Teen Vogue, "The Killing of Colten Boushie and Outcome of Gerald Stanley's Trial Represent a Bigger Problem," 14 Feb. 2018 That sterility, bordering on superficiality, reveals something else about the research-heavy, capital-intensive approach of hundreds of hours of interviews and travel to Yemen, Djibouti, and Ethiopia. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, "What Dave Eggers misses in his story of a Yemeni-American man’s rise," 4 Apr. 2018 Director Christian Duguay is much more comfortable handling the sledgehammer superficialities of near-miss action and prankish boyhood than the complicated, turbulent emotions surrounding children imperiled during wartime. Robert Abele,, "Boyhood wartime escape drama 'A Bag of Marbles' is an emotional roller coaster," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of superficiality

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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